Jacaranda: A Novella of the Clockwork Century

Subterranean. Jan. 2015. 184p. ISBN 9781596066847. $25. SF
A group of men and women gather in a notorious hotel on the island of Galveston, TX, where some two dozen guests died in its single year of operation. They have all been called there, lured by a curse sunk into the foundations of the Jacaranda Hotel. A priest, a nun, and a Texas Ranger will try to break the curse and survive the hurricane that traps them at the hotel.
VERDICT This slight story ties in only loosely with the rest of Priest's "Clockwork Century" universe, although there are a few references to the bigger world that the author has been exploring since 2009's Boneshaker and takes place 20 years after the most recent volume, Fiddlehead. Priest does a solid job of bringing on characters briefly, exposing the secrets that doomed them, and killing them off one at a time.
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